N.M. LAW­MAK­ERS SAY NEW WATER BILL AD­DRESSES GOLD KING

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST -

Mem­bers of New Mex­ico’s con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion say a newly ap­proved water bill in­cludes pro­vi­sions to ex­pe­dite re­im­burse­ments to state, lo­cal and tribal gov­ern­ments for a 2015 mine spill.

A joint state­ment Satur­day by Sen­a­tors Tom Udall and Martin Hein­rich and Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Ben Ray Lu­jan and Michelle Lu­jan Gr­isham says pro­vi­sions deal with the af­ter­math of the Gold King Mine spill in south­west­ern Colorado.

The law­mak­ers say pro­vi­sions force the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency to ex­tend the date for re­im­burse­ments to gov­ern­ments’ emer­gency re­sponses, di­rect the EPA to quickly ad­dress farm­ers’ claims and au­tho­rize the EPA to co­or­di­nate with gov­ern­ments and pay for water mon­i­tor­ing ef­forts.

The EPA said Fri­day it will pay $4.5 mil­lion for state, lo­cal and tribal gov­ern­ments’ emer­gency re­sponses.

The agency turned down $20.4 mil­lion in other re­quests.

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